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Diverticulosis is a condition that develops when small pouches, known as diverticula, form and protrude from the colon wall. It is the chronic phase of diverticular disease which also consists of an acute phase called diverticulitis. Diverticulitis occurs when the diverticula become inflamed and infected.
An insufficient intake of dietary fiber diminishes the ability of the colon to propel food through the digestive tract and increases pressure on the intestinal wall: two factors that appear to be involved in the formation of diverticula.
There are different diets for the various stages of diverticular disease.
During a diverticulitis flare-up, it is important to allow the bowel to rest. A progressive diet that consists of various stages is recommended. Here they are, in proper order:
Once the presence of diverticula is confirmed, the goal is to prevent progression of diverticulosis to diverticulitis and to avoid further complications. To do so, here are some dietary recommendations:
Do not hesitate to consult with a dietician for a personalized diet plan.
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